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Supplies For A Camping Trip

Camping is a popular outdoor activity and allows people who live in cities or the suburbs to get out into more natural areas. While some camping is done at designated campsites, many enjoy wilderness or backwoods camping. This latter is done in more out of the way spots, rather than in a controlled camping environment. A managed campsite will mean that amenities are never far from the camper – usually there are sanitary facilities, showers, store, and even a game room. However, to really enjoy the outdoors, it is necessary to get away from the crowds.

Planning

While it is true that a trip of any kind requires some sort of planning, if you are going to be enjoying backwoods camping, it will be important to plan every aspect of your trip carefully. It will be likely that you will be a considerable distance from civilization, and will have to depend upon yourself and your companions for support and survival.

The first thing to do is to familiarize yourself with the area where you are planning to camp. The roads in the area, the general topography, water sources, and wildlife should all be researched before you head out.

Likewise, you will need to make a list of what you will need on your camping expedition, and make sure that all necessary items are included. Experienced campers as well as neophytes will want to use a list to assure that everything has been provided for.

What Will Be Needed

If you will be doing backwoods camping, you will have to take something that will provide shelter, either a tent or sleeping bags. A survival kit can really come in handy now as most of them will include an emergency tent or sleeping bag. Most of these kits will also have a first aid kit and some emergency food and water.

While it is true that you may be doing some fishing or even hunting on your trip, it is always wise to take along some food. Emergency ration bars, MREs, or freeze dried food will be light to carry and provide you with the nutrition you need. As most camping trips will last several days, at the least, you will have to make sure that the water you are drinking will be clean and safe. It would be impossible to bring as much water as you will need along, so in this case you should rely upon one of the methods for purifying water. Purification tablets weigh almost nothing, and iodine based tablets will remove more pathogens than will chlorine tablets. Water purification straws allow you to suck up water from a stream or pond without worry, and if there are several people in your party, choose a camp water filtering system that will provide as much drinking water as you will need.

As conditions in the wilderness can be uncertain, especially as pertains to weather, it would also be a good idea to take along a survival guide that will enable you to manage any difficult situation that might arise.